Tag Archives: Christ

Court Rules Scientology Legal

There is joy in many part of Hollywood and, most probably, Tom Cruise is jumping for joy on his couch at the news from the European Court of Human Rights that Russia can not ban the Church of Scientology from pushing its wares that it claims are based on religious principles. The Russian Scientology church originally had tried to get local courts to end the ban on their activities, but were unsuccessful. The European Court ruled Russian law that said “religious organizations” that had not been in existence for at least 15 years could not be listed as a religious organization. Scientology had not been in Russia long enough to qualify under that law.

The European Court decision makes sense. Why not allow people to decide whether an organization is a legal religious one or not. After all, according to Russian law if Jesus showed up tomorrow and claimed Christianity was not his religion and wanted to start a new one, it would be illegal.

HEADLINES FROM THE WORLD PRESS

Each day we offer a sample of headlines that appeared in the world press along with our comments.

Denmark, Copenhagen Post: “Proposal To Ban Prostitution Splits Party”
Those who use prostitutes line up on left, those without, on right.

Sweden, The Local: “Saddam’s Body Guard Deported From Sweden”
He has been asked to take his WMD with him.

Australia, Brisbane Times: Police Red Cheeked Over Nudie Run”
Were the cheeks red or the faces red?

South Africa, Argus: “Don’t Jail Killer Cop”
OK, he killed someone, but he believes in law and order.

UK, The Independent: “First Clown In Space”
Big deal, we have clowns in the White House!

USA, Army Times: “Sesame Street Takes Tour Of Bases”
I sure would like the Grouch’s take on military strategy in Afghanistan.

Nepal, Himalayan Times: “Cabinet Meeting Ends”
We all prefer the ending than the beginning of Cabinet meetings.

Ukraine, Kyiv Post: “Christ Figure On Wall Draws Tourists”
If the real Christ came, I have a hunch tourists would avoid him.

Australia, Sydney Morning Herald: “Simon Says-I’m Gay”
Fred says, “I’m Not Gay.”

Jews Going To Hell Says Baptist Minister

A Baptist minister admitted telling Jewish leaders that Jews were “going to hell” and would confront a fate “worse than the Holocaust” because they had not accepted Jesus Christ as their savior. Pastor Kevin Harris of the Illawarra Community Church in Wollongong, Australia, insists his comments were taken out of context and that he was “misunderstood and misquoted” because he meant anyone who rejected Christ was headed for damnation in the eternal fires of Hell, not just the Jews. Gee, that is reassuring to any Jew, but it must be scary to anyone who falls into the going to hell category.

According to the good pastor, he made his comments in private, and explained, “I love the Jewish people and very much that some awful times were coming for them, but I did not wish that up them at all.” What can one say about a man with such generosity of spirt as to wish you a neat time in Hell? I am certain Mr. Harris will extend a warm welcome to any Jew who winds up in Hell.

Jesus Caricatures Don’t Arouse Muslim Anger

Two recent caricatures of Jesus Christ which appeared in Sweden apparently have not aroused the ire of Muslims who object to portrayal in the media of images they regard as offensive. However, the editor of a Swedish newspaper has received death threats for publishing a picture of Jesus being defacated on by the devil. The newspaper, Ostgota, published the picture last Saturday and it sparked a vigorous debate on its homepage. Editor Ola Sigvardsson hoped its publication would result in debates about issues of freedom of the press.

This week, a Swedish artist unveiled a sculpture depicting Christ as a well-endowed dog. Stig Ramsing, said he wnted to stimulate debate about freedom of religion and the press. “It is my turn to follow Lars Vilks(his cartoons of Muhammed stirred anger in the Muslim world) and provoke a sensilble discussion about religion.”

Unfortunately, these depictions of Jesus Christ did not stir any anger or violence in the Muslim world. Islamic clerics who issued statements urging boycotts and violence against Danish property are remarkably silent when the topic concerns caricatures of Jesus Christ. The only conclusion is that Muslim clerics raise issues about insulting religion when it pertains to what they regard as vulgarity to figures in the Muslim religion.

Religious Wars Continue Between Romney And Huckabee

At as time when war rages in Iraq and Afghanistan, bridges collapse in America, 45 million people lack medical insurance, 74% of students graduate from high school, the main issues of the election according to Mike Huckabee and Mitt Romney is the place of Jesus Christ. In an article that will appear this Sunday in The New York Times, Huckabee is reported to ask: “Don’t Mormons believe that Jesus and the devil are brothers?” An angry Mitt Romney decried the attack by Huckabee on the Mormon religion and claimed, “I think attacking someone’s religion is really going too far.” Huckabee responded by stating the quote was taken out of context and he really was trying to get Romney to speak honestly about the Mormon religion.

There is something very sad about this exchange between two men who believe they are qualified to become the president of the United States. Neither man will confront real issues, neither man will present an informed program on dealing with Iraq or Afghanistan, neither man has the semblance of an intelligent plan for dealing with health insurance other than a ridiculous belief tax credits will help poor people purchase medical coverage. Instead, both plunge into the cesspool of mud and slime as though Americans really care which one is closer to Jesus Christ. It is certain that Christ at this moment is hanging his head in sorrow at the spectacle of these men arguing about non-issues in His name.